Posted 6th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – California-based esports team NRG has qualified for Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Sydney 2018 after a smooth 2-0 victory over compLexity Gaming in the North America closed qualifier finals. The unexpected results shocked audiences since the NRG has been going downhill in the post-Major CS:GO season.
The early events in the semifinals show compLexity and NRG defeat OpTic and Liquid in all three maps, while TeamOne, Torqued, and Luminosity were already eliminated in the previous rounds of the single-elimination bracket.
The grand final between NRG and compLexity first occurred in Cache—a pre-chosen map by the latter. The map has a customized Bomb Defusal game mode featured in Operation Bravado, Operation Phoenix, and Operation Breakout. One can say that Cache is a fair choice for both teams since it is a balanced game mode with concrete objectives for the Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists.
The entire match revolves around Pujan “FNS” Mehta and his men securing pistols and other equipment, Bradley “ANDROID-X23” Fodor’s back to back triple kills, Ethan “nahtE” Arnold’s double kills with his iconic Desert Eagle pistol, and Damian “daps” Steele’s bomb planting strategies on B. In the end, compLexity’s efforts were somehow not enough to stop NRG from claiming their most-awaited victory.
With their success in the Grand Finals, NRG is now set to compete at IEM Sydney 2018 together with Astralis, Cloud9, FaZe, Natus Vincere, Renegades, SK, Fnatic, and Mousesports. Seven of the CS:GO teams were directly invited; like NRG, the remaining nine teams will come from the closed qualifiers. The match with a $250,000 prize pool is set to begin on May 1st and end on May 6th.
The remaining teams to complete the final 16 is set to compete in the remaining closed qualifiers CS:GO tournament. The global community is still waiting for the representatives from Asia, Oceania, and GG: Origin tournament to fill the IEM Sydney 2018 schedule below:
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